RB Leipzig's first-round DFB-Pokal game against Teutonia 05 Ottensen will take place at the Paul-Greifzu-Stadion in Dessau. The decision was made following a meeting between representatives from Teutonia 05 Ottensen, RBL and the DFB.
Since 2017, Teutonia 05 Ottensen's home ground at the Stadion Hoheluft in Hamburg-Eppendorf only has an artificial pitch, on which DFB-Pokal games cannot be played. Due to this, Teutonia needed to find an alternate location for the match against Leipzig. The club's requests for an alternate ground within Hamburg were turned down due to various reasons, while the two clubs could not swap home advantage due to statutory reasons. RB Leipzig therefore offered to help the DFB and Teutonia 05 Ottensen find a new location for the first-round match.
The Paul-Greifzu-Stadion in Dessau is located on the Mulde and has a total capacity of 20,000. The stadium offers the ideal local for the live broadcast of football matches, and has already hosted DFB-Pokal and league cup matches before. Additionally, it was one of 12 locations for the 2009 U17 EUROs. RB Leipzig have played twice at the stadium already, in a charity match against Hertha BSC in 2013, as well as during a pre-season friendly against SV Dessau 05 in 2017.
Ulrich Wolter, Chief Relationship Officer:
"We were in close exchange with Teutonia Ottensen right from the start, who are looking forward to the game against RB Leipzig. Naturally, we were happy to support them after the club were unable to find an alternate location in Hamburg and the surrounding areas. Dessau is a great location, and the fact that it is located close to Leipzig is great for our team and for our fans. We are very pleased to be welcomed back to Dessau and that our many fans in Saxony-Anhalt and North Saxony will be able to watch their team play right in their backyard."
Liborio Mazzagatti, Chairman and head of sport at FC Teutonia von 1905 e.V.:
"We would like to say thank you to RB Leipzig for their constructive and exemplary cooperation. Since the ties were announced, we knew that we had a partner in RB Leipzig that would help give us concrete solutions and be available to answer questions at any time. Together, we made the decision to move the game to Dessau and are now looking forward to a wonderful evening of football. FC Teutonia 05 are looking forward to the biggest game in club history and want to be able to enjoy an evening of live DFB-Pokal football and the atmosphere in Dessau together with our friends from Leipzig."
The DFB-Pokal match between Teutonia 05 Ottensen and RB Leipzig will take place on Tuesday, 30th August 2022 (20:45 CEST). Ticket information will be released in due course.